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Forum staff reports, Published December 11 2013

Gold coins turn up in Salvation Army kettles in Fargo

FARGO – A shining tradition continues.

The Salvation Army announced Wednesday that for the 11th year a gold coin was found in a Salvation Army Red Kettle in the Fargo area.

This year, make that two coins.

Both were deposited in kettles last Saturday in Fargo, one outside Fleet Farm and the other at the Wal-Mart on 52nd Avenue South.

Each was a 2008 Austria Philharmonic 1/10-ounce coin, valued at $350 each.

“We’re so grateful to the individual who donated these coins to us. It has become a tradition in this community and we are grateful to receive them every year,” said Maj. Byron Medlock of The Salvation Army.

In the past, coins that have appeared in Salvation Army Kettles locally have often been South African Krugerrands.

The Salvation Army is at about 28 percent of its fundraising goal this holiday season.

Anyone interested in signing up for bell ringing can call (701) 356-2691.